Report: Ilyushin 96 suffers control problems near London-Gatwick

May 19, 2010

According to a report released today by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) an Ilyushin 96 passenger plane was involved in a serious incident on 28 April 2010. It suffered control problems after takeoff from London-Gatwick.

The Ilyushin 96-300 passenger jet, registered CU-T1250, suffered control problems on departure from London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), UK. The airplane operated on scheduled service CU401 to Holguín Airport (HOG/MUHG) and Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA).
Shortly after takeoff the airplane banked right. The pilots switched off the autopilot and attempted to control the plane manually. Considerable physical effort was necessary to control the plane. Fuel was dumped and the pilot made a safe emergency landing back at London-Gatwick.
The occurrence was classified as a serious incident and is under investigation by the U.K. AAIB. The airplane was ferried to Moscow-Domodedovo in May 7 for further inspection.


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